HISTORY OF KASSINGER AND RELATED FAMILIES
Daniel Daugherty and Nancy Taylor moved to Warren County, Kentucky in 1803 and settled near the Gasper River along with Nancy's parents and many members of both of their families. They lived on Sixes Creek near Flint Springs. Nancy's mother was a French Huguenot, which is a French Protestant of the religious wars in France during the 16th and 17th centuries. Daniel and Nancy then moved to Butler County, Kentucky and settled on Indian Camp Creek which, at the time, was Ohio County, Kentucky. Daniel died in Butler County January of 1846. He and Nancy are buried there on the farm of one of their ancestors, the Odessy White Cemetery. The tradition passed down to our generation is that a large cedar stands at the head of their graves. As the cemetery was being cleaned in 1997, the stump of a large cedar was, in fact, discovered. Plans are being made to erect a monument and rename the cemetery as the Daugherty Cemetery. Daniel and Nancy have many descendants buried at Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Dexterville in Butler County, Kentucky. The church was established in 1813 and Daniel Daugherty was a charter member.
I know little about Alfred Judson Daugherty and his wife Luellen Palestine Kessinger but I have learned just a bit about while interviewing Donnie Davis, Alfred's grandson and son of Lula Rosa Daugherty, I asked him where Alfred Judson had died. He said "Right there where you are sitting". I was in the living room of his parents home which he now owns at Livermore and was sitting on his bed. I asked him how he could sleep in that corner and he said, "I would just as soon died in this corner as another!". Luella died in 1910 while giving birth. Luella is buried at Richland Cemetery in Livermore and has no marker. Three of Alfred and Luella's children died before the 1900 census, their names unknown, one was a twin to their daughter Mahala}
Paul Ferguson was a Revolutionary War Vet for Craven County, North Carolina Line 2nd Regiment. Late in the year of 1824 Paul traveled to what is now the Dexterville Community to visit fellow soldier William Beasley. Paul died while he was there and was buried near the present site of Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. His estate was settled December 30, 1824. Originally his grave site bore a sandstone marker stating "Paul Ferguson. Died about 1825". During the 1930's the WPA (Works Progress Administration) rebuilt the Dexterville Road routing it perilously close to the grave site. They removed the sandstone marker and fence surrounding the grave and erected a metal marker bearing the same information in it's place. Recently in 1999 a committee formed of the Descendants of Paul Ferguson made an attempt to locate and transfer the remains to Mount Vernon Cemetery. They obtained permits from the state highway department and the Kentucky Department of Human Resources to exhume the body under the direction of Coroner Gerald Jones on November 10th. The attempt was unsuccessful and the metal marker was put back in place until future plans can be made. Plans for an historic marker to be placed on the original site of the grave are underway, as are plans for a DAR monument to be placed in the Mount Vernon Cemetery.
The Kessinger name is of German origin. It is derived from a place. Tradition says Kissen or Kessin Springs, or Bad Kissingen, which all refer to the same place. The name can be traced back for centuries to when Roman legions invaded ancient Germania and the Roman Army was destroyed by tribes of Germanic Barbarians in Teutoburger Woods in the year of 9 a.d. "Kess" means swamp, "Kiss" means moor. Both are German places. "ing" means family, clan, or tribe. "Kessing" would read swamp clan or tribe. The suffix "er" means one who belongs to, thus one who belongs to the swamp clan. "Bad" means bath or springs. Bad Kissingen is read as Spring of the Swamp Clans. Today Bad Kissingen is a large health resort noted for its\thermal springs. It is 70 miles Northeast of Mannheim, Germany. ANDREAS KESSINGER was born about 1700 in Selzen, Rhinehess, Germany. He died July 2, 1760 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He married SUSANNA FISCHERIN in 1741 in Germany. Susanna was born in Germany about 1710 and died July 2 1760 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Andreas and Susanna arrived in Pennsylvania with their children George Michael, Mathias, Andreas Jr., and Catherine Barbara and his brother Johann George on October 31, 1737. It is found in the resource books known as Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, by W, Filby and Mary Meyer and also 30,000 Names of Immigrants in Pennsylvania 1727-1776, by D. Rupp, that they were Palatine passengers on board of Ship William. A ship mate had incorrectly spelled their names as Casinger but their names are recorded as Kessinger at the Pennsylvania courthouse. Andreas Kessinger's Release From Servitude is as follows: "The Baron and Landholder, by the grace of God, to Baden and Hachburg, Landholder of Sausenburg, Lord of Spanheim and Ebersheim, Lord of Roteln, Badenweiler, Lhan, and Mahlburg. We announce herewith, after the humble request by the applicant Andreas Kessinger of Welshneureuth, government employee, wed honorable born Susanna Fischerin, given to him in marriage and their four children (all listed), and being of sound mind, will be released from servitude to us, through the grace of our Lordship. But in the case of return to any of our holdings, they automatically return to their original servitude. With this document we announce that Andreas Kessinger as of now is released from servitude to us, this has been signed at the residence of the Duke in front of Karis Kuhden on April 9, 1737. There was another document listed as Specification or monetary worth of Andreas Kessinger's property and belongings. This included a house, an orchard, a vegetable garden, hunting grounds, four pastures, a spring, one cow, 600 pounds of hay, six bundles of straw, plus a half wagon and plow
SOLOMON KESSINGER who was born March 3, 1745 in Old Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and died in 1830 in Millerstown, which is in Hart County, Kentucky. He married ELIZABETH GREENWALT who was born in 1745, place unknown, and died in Hart County, Kentucky in Millerstown. They are buried near Millerstown with no markers. Solomon and Elizabeth moved from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Solomon played an important part in the conquest of the Northwest Territory under General George Rogers Clark during the Revolutionary War. In the spring of 1778, General Clark, along with Solomon, his family, and other families including the Logsdons and Greenwalts, floated down the Ohio River in flat boats to the Falls of the Ohio where they erected the first structure on the present site of Louisville. They had to build a fort for protection against the Indians and the British. Originally located on Corn Island, in the Ohio River, the settlement moved to it s present site in 1779. The conquest of General Clark and his men allowed the U.S. to claim the region after the Revolutionary War and develop it into the Northwest Territory in 1787. Louisville was named in 1780 for Louis XVI of France in gratitude for French assistance in the American Revolution. General Clark acting on authority of the Legislature of Virginia descended the Ohio with a detachment of 300 men, a military force destined to the reduction of Kaskia, Cahokia and Vincennes, the then British possessions. In order to deceive the enemy the general landed his troops at Corn Island. For about twenty years during and after this time Solomon and his family lived in the forts "Beargrass", " Acres Valley", and "Kettle Creek". In 1795 Solomon purchased a farm on Bacon Creek in Hart County, Kentucky. It has been passed down that Solomon and his son John fought seven years under George Washington's Army in the Revolutionary War. As the story goes, in 1776 when the American Revolution came, Solomon answered the call to arms and set out for Washington's army. When he was about to enter the camp he looked behind him and there was his son John with a rifle also. They fought together throughout the period of the Revolution. I have yet to find documentation to back this up. The Nolin River, which flows through Hart County, Kentucky in the present Millerstown where Solomon settled and cleared the first farm, was thus named because an Indian fighter Bulger Joe Logsdon had an Indian scout who was a contemporary and was named Linn. He was killed by the Indians and other whites made a search for him along this river. Every evening the posse would communicate their failure to find him by shaking their heads and saying " No Linn". So because of "No Linn" the river was thereafter called "Nolin" Solomon's cabin stood on a bank near the river, but was moved back on a hill because one of the sons of Solomon and Elizabeth was thrown from a horse and killed at the former site. It was because of Elizabeth's anguished memory of the event that the cabin was moved. It is said the the cabin still stands and is now used as a tobacco drying shed.
VIRGIL PRESTON KESSINGER was born in 1841 in Butler County, Kentucky and died January 7, 1919 in the same county. He married 1) MARTHA ANN DAUGHERTY April 9, 1860 in Butler County, the daughter of Moses Daugherty and Lucinda Crowder. Martha was born in 1842 in Ohio County, Kentucky and died in 1864 in Butler County, Kentucky. He married 2) SARAH ELIZABETH GILSTRAP September 2, 1865 in Butler County, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Christopher Gilstrap and Annie Ferguson and was born April 11, 1844 in Ohio County, Kentucky and died December 27, 1905 in Butler County. Virgil and Sarah are buried a Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Dexterville, which is in Butler County. Virgil's father-in-law from his first marriage to Martha Ann Daugherty was Moses Daugherty, an uncle to Virgil's mother Mary. Thus his first wife was his second cousin. Virgil's father-in-law from his second marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Gilstrap was Christopher Gilstrap, his mother Mary's half sibling, both having the same mother. Thus his second wife was his first cousin. Virgil was six feet two inches tall with a dark completion and gray eyes and was a family man and a farmer according to his military record. He served in the Civil War for the Union along with his brothers James and Francis. All three enrolled in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky on November 17, 1862. James was a sergeant in Company I 12th Kentucky Cavalry and reduced ranks by reason of consolidation of Companies I and F on March 25, 1864. Frances was a private in Company I 12th under his brother's command and was reported missing in action on October 20, 1863 and never found. This took place after the company engaged in in Battle of Blue Springs, Tennessee where there was an estimated 316 casualties. Virgil was a Private in Company I 12th Kentucky Cavalry which consolidated with Company F along with his brothers. He was taken prisoner of war at Rye Valley in Smyth County, Virginia on December 17, 1864 after engaging in the Battle of Marion, Virginia. He was held for three months confinement at Salisbury Confederate Prison in North Carolina until his release at which time he was stationed at Camp Chase, Ohio. Camp Chase had a Union based prison for the confinement of Confederate soldiers and Virgil served a a guard there until the war ended.
Jack and his wife Halie are both generation eight because they are first cousins. JAMES JACKSON "JACK " KASSINGER born March 24, 1894 in Mclean County, Kentucky and died February 20, 1974 in Daviess County, Kentucky. He is the son of William Netter Kessinger and Mattie Hicks. He married MAHALA ANN "HALIE" DAUGHERTY on October 7, 1916 in Mclean County, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Alfred Judson Daugherty and Luellen Palestine Kessinger. Halie was born January 4, 1899 in Ohio County and died March 16, 1978 in Mclean County, Kentucky. Jack and his wife Halie were first cousins. His father, William Netter Kessinger, and Halie's mother, Luellen Palestine Kessinger, were brother and sister. William Netter Kesinger was the son of Virgil Kessinger and his first wife Martha Ann Daugherty and Luellen Kessinger was the daughter of Virgil Kessinger and his second wife Sarah Elizabeth Gilstrap. Jack was hard of hearing later in his life and was walking down the railroad tracks in Livermore one day and could not hear the train whistle blow. The train hit him and he had to have part of his leg amputated. I can remember him taking his leg off to show it to me. He was always joking around like that and he knew it got a rile out of me. Jack's generation changed the Kessinger name to Kassinger. Jack went to work at an early age since his father died when he was so young. Since Jack and Halie were first cousins, their in-laws were also their aunts and uncles. They had the same grandfather, Virgil Preston Kessinger. Halie was a fun loving person and always laughing. I remember I used to visit when I was a small child and I had hair down to my waist. She would sit there and stroke my hair the whole time and tell me how pretty I was. Speaking of hair, my father Roy Kassinger, says that when he was a boy his grandmother Halie had long hair herself and she used to whip the kids with it.
DARRELL KASSINGER born November 25, 1920 in Mclean County, Kentucky. He married RHODA BETTY STONE on September 6, 1941 in Henderson County, Kentucky. Mrs Dosha Stone Barron (Betty's sister) was witness. They were married at the Missionary Baptist Church. Betty was born September 7, 1925 in Webster County, Kentucky and is the daughter of Joseph Robert Stone and Ida Bell Foster. He married Zula Thompson on September 17, 1964 in Mclean County. Darrell served in the Army during World War II and was a Mess Hall Cook. He completed basic training in Miami Beach, Florida and then moved to Meridian, Mississippi on to Tampa, Florida and then to Seattle, Washington. After this time he took a ship called the Blue Pontane to Iwo Jima on a voyage that lasted about 23 days. He was a Mess Sergeant on the ship and many of the soldiers were so sea-sick that he had all of the cooking to himself. There were over 40 thousand men on the ship. He served on the Island of Iwo Jima for about one year where he was also a cook. The first site he remembers after arriving on the island was Quinten Lee Gillette running a bull dozer and making runways for airplanes to land. He was in the 506 Fighter Group in the B51 Mustang Outfit and left the Island in B29. His group was the one who flew the first atomic bomb from Iwo Jima and they were able to see it on screen about six hours after it had happened. He said that it was an awesome sight. He said that on his trip home there was a terrible storm and that they had a ship wreck and had to stay three days in Honolulu, Hawaii while it was being repaired. After this he went to San Pedro, California and then on to Fort Knox, Kentucky where he mustered out. About a month after leaving the service he joined the National Guards a second time around 1945 and served over 25 years. He also had to go to Georgia and be on alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He once had a restaurant in Livermore in what is now the flower shop in Livermore. He is still a cook today, 1999, in a restaurant in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which is where he now lives at the age of 79. Darrell and his first wife Betty divorced in the early 1960's. Betty was a mother and home-maker and also a nurses aid at one time. She loved to sew, crochet, can food, make ceramics, and cook. When she laughed, she laughed all over and you could not help but laugh with her. She had a very giving nature and was a beautiful woman. Betty died November 12, 1979 in Henderson County, Kentucky and is buried there at Fairmont Cemetery.
ROY THOMAS KASSINGER was born July 1, 1945 in Henderson County, Kentucky and married DORIS JUNE "JUDY" KASSINGER July 20, 1966 in Mclean County, Kentucky. Judy is the daughter of George Davis and Bertha Richardson and was born October 3, 1946 in Mclean County, Kentucky. Roy served in the army for eight years and also in Vietnam. He was a Mess Hall Cook and still loves to cook to this day, just like his father. His apple pie is to die for. Roy cooked on a troop ship on the way to Germany after completing his basic training in Fort Knox, Kentucky at the age of 17. There were over 1900 men on the ship and Roy said the journey lasted about 9 days and he did not get sea sick until about the last day. He recalls the bars in the rest room stalls and if a man did not hang on good he would go flying off the toilet seat. The stoves had bars around the sides to keep the cookware on and lock-down lids so that the hot food would not spill. The tables even had the edges built up to keep the tray from sliding off. The Atlantic Ocean has very rough and choppy waters. Judy worked shortly in the Cigar Factory in Owenboro and also baby-sitting before she married and became a mom and homemaker. She is a good cook just as her mother was but she never really liked it so she shared the chore with her husband. She used to be a wonderful seamstress and made quilts with her mother and doll clothes for her daughter. She has a very giving nature and a tremendous ministry to others by never forgetting a birthday or anniversary for over two hundred different occasions each year.
HOLLY ANN KASSINGER born April 5, 1968 in Tacoma, Washington at Fort Lewis Army Base. She married TRACY LEE JOHNSON born on January 15, 1965 in Mclean County, Kentucky. He is the son of Glynn Tracy Johnson and Edna Lee McClure. Tracy has always had a hobby of collecting a wide range of musical works from many artists. He has worked since he was sixteen and is a good provider for his family. He is a true blue Kentucky Wildcat fan and has been since he was a child. He and his wife Holly's love and life is their son Jacob. Holly is a homemaker and loves to paint landscapes and is into crafts, genealogy and interior decorating. She worked many years in restaurants and grocery stores and also clean houses. Presently she is painting twenty semi- trailers.
Rachael Renee Kassinger born September 28, 1981 in Livermore, which is in Mclean County, Kentucky. She was born at home and delivered by her father and her sister Holly named her. She married Joshua Emmit Waterbury on July 4, 2000 in Mclean County, Kentucky in the City of Livermore. Rachael has always been a very intelligent person and has won many awards academically through her education. She graduated in 1999 and is going to school to become a paralegal.
IN THE YEAR OF 1700 SOME 700 IMMIGRANTS LED BY MARQUIS DE LA MUCE LANDED IN VIRGINIA AND STARTED MANAKINTOWN SETTLEMENT. THE FIRST SHIP TO LAND WAS THE "MARY ANN" WHICH CLEARED FROM LONDON, ENGLAND ON APRIL 19, 1700 AND ARRIVED AT HAMPTON, VIRGINIA ON JULY 23. THE "PETER AND ANTHONY", THE SHIP THAT PIERRE PRESAL WAS ON, LANDED OCTOBR 6, 1700, AND THE FOURTH SHIP "NASSEAU" LANDED MARCH 5, 1701. LITTLE IS KNOWN OF THE THIRD SHIP. BY 1710 HUGUENOTS SETTLED ON THE TRENT AND NEUSE RIVERS IN NORTH CAROLINA AND OTHER HUGUENOTS FROM SWITZERLAND AND PALATINE GERMANY ESTABLISHED NEWBERN, NORTH CAROLINA SOON AFTER. PIERRE PRESAL was born about 1680 in Guines Pas-De-Calais, France and died about 1740 in Manakintown, Albemarle County, Virginia. He married unknown about 1718 in Virginia and had the following child: Peter Prevette who was born about 1718 in Manakintown, Buckingham County, Virginia and died 1768 in New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina. He married ELIZABETH 1738 in Manakintown. Elizabeth was born about 1715. They had the following child : ELIZABETH PREVETTE was born about 1739 Manakintown, Buckingham County, Virginia and died March 3, 1833 at Sixes Creek in Butler County, Kentucky. She married MOSES TAYLOR in 1759 in Craven County, North Carolina. Their descendants are recorded under Taylor Family History.
MOSES TAYLOR was born 1729 in Craven County, North Carolina and died March 23, 1819 in Warren County, Kentucky at Hadley in the Gasper River area. He married ELIZABETH PREVETTE in 1764 in New Bern, Craven County,North Carolina. Elizabeth Prevette was born about 1739 in Manakintown, Buckingham County, Virginia to Peter Prevette Junior and Elizabeth and was a French Huguenot. Elizabeth died 1835 at Sixes Creek in Butler County, Kentucky. Moses and Elizabeth are both buried on their farm near the Gasper River. A flood through the area washed all of the stones from the family graveyard so there are no markers. Much information about this family is taken from a family bible published in 1813 that had belonged to Joseph Taylor the son of Moses and Elizabeth Taylor. The bible was last known to be owned by Kyle Yates Rone in 1981. Moses was a private in Captain Timberlake's Company of Foot and served in the Regiment of Albermarle Gaurds commanded by Colonel Frances Taylor, also know as Taylor's Virginia Regiment, during the Revolutionary War. He was aged 45 and he served for 60 days. At one time Moses owned 800 acres of land located largely along the South side of the Neuse River in Craven County, North Carolina. He lived in Craven County from 1756 to 1794. He was also a citizen known as a regulator who ran English Governor Josiah Martin out of Tyran in 1775. Tyran Place was the seat of English government in New Bern. Plans were made for an early 1795 move to the state of Kentucky, which was newly established in 1792. A large party, in wagons with household goods, oxen and live stock, crossed North Carolina to the Cumberland Gap in Kentucky which had been discovered by Daniel Boone some 20 years earlier. Below Cumberland Falls they built 13 barges and traveled the Cumberland River to Tennessee, then to the Ohio River near Evansville, Indiana and on down the Green River to what is the confluence of the Barren River. Moses Taylor's farm is located on Highway 231 at Gasper River Bridge about ten miles from Bowling Green, Kentucky. Two log barns are still standing after over 200 years. Being a minister, he was a generous man with his children, he helped them helped them to get established and he kept them near him until his death.
JOSEPH ROBERT STONE was born July 26, 1891 in Webster County, Kentucky and died April 16, 1956 in Indiana. He worked hauling fruit from Florida to Michigan and also worked in Michewaka, Indiana where he was involved in an accident where a train hit his truck and killed him. He was taken back to Henderson for funeral and his burial was a Shady Grove Cemetery in the city of Poole, which is in Webster County, Kentucky. Joesph married IDA BELLE FOSTER January 7, 1910 in Webster County, Kentucky. Ida was born in Webster County and is the daughter of James W. Foster and Delitha Yates. Ida divorced Joseph with whom she had all her children. She died September 21, 1985 in Henderson County, Kentucky and is buried beside Joseph at Shady Grove Cemetery. Ida "Mammy Stone" loved rug making, crochet, ceramics, and Honky-Tonkin" as she liked to say. I am told that she liked to dance and party and she loved her beer. In 1982 I visited Mammy Stone with my family in a rest home in Henderson, Kentucky. My cousin had came with me for the trip and we were amused at many of the things Mammy said to us. She was taking us around the home and showing us all of her boyfriends. I had pointed out one in a suit and told her he looked like a nice man. "No way, he's way too hold for me," Mammy said. He was 95 years old and I think Mammy was 89 at the time! When we arrived back at Mammy's room her room-mate had taken one of her shawls and put it on. Mammy grabbed it from her and stuffed it into her night stand. I surprisingly told Mammy that the lady must be cold. Mammy said, "She's a thief, she'd steal ya' drawers off ya if ya weren't lookin."